JMS Announcements – 9/12/22

Announcements for Monday, September 12, 2022 

Teachers will update weekly assignments every Sunday so students know what needs to be done the following week. In the weekly updates, teachers will communicate any due dates for student work.



HOMECOMING: HOMECOMING is right around the corner Sept 19-23!!! Show some school spirit and have fun with Dress Up Days!!!

Monday, Sept 19: PJ/Casual Day

Tuesday, Sept 20: Country vs. Country Club

Wednesday, Sept 21: Professional/Teacher Day

Thursday, Sept 22: Twins/Triplets and More or Retro (your choice)

Friday, Sept 23: Spirit Day


BOYS SOCCER:  2023 JHS Boys Soccer Sign-Up! Scan the QR code if interested.




WRESTLING: Wrestling fan gear store is open!  This order will close September 19th.  Lots of cool tops, etc.   This store is open to anyone!  Spread the word, and order away!



9th BOYS BASKETBALL:  Morning Open Gyms

Attention any 9th grade boy interested in playing basketball this year. We will have open gym from 6-7:30am in the large gym on the dates below. If you plan on playing this year, we encourage you to attend.

9/15 Thursday- 6am- 7:30am (Middle School Gym A)

9/19- Monday- 6am- 7:30am (Middle School Gym A)

9/22-Thursday- 6am- 7:30am (Middle School Gym A)

9/26- Monday- 6am- 7:30am (Middle School Gym A)

9/ 29- Thursday- 6am- 7:30am (Middle School Gym A)


FCCLA:  Interested in FCCLA??? We will have our first meeting on Tuesday, Sept 13 at 3:00pm in Ms. Comstock’s Room in Room 123. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested, please stop by to see Ms. Comstock. She would LOVE to chat with you about it!



Wednesday Sept 14:  Introduction Clinic for any interested grades 7-12 participants.  2:05-3:05 PM in the JHS wrestling room.—**Students coming from Summit or JMS- just arrive as soon as you can.  Ladies can wear shorts and t-shirt or just watch in their plain clothes.

Saturday Sept 17:  Introduction Clinic for any interested grades 7-12 participants.  9-10 AM, in the JHS wrestling room. Ladies can wear shorts and t-shirt or just watch in their plain clothes.


JMS FALL PLAY AUDITIONS:  Thanks to all who attended our information meeting for the Fall play!

Here is the link with all the items you need to audition:

Read the “Audition Information” first, then sign up for an audition time, review the rehearsal schedule, and fill out and sign the audition form.

Additional audition forms available in the front office.

See you Sept. 15 after school for auditions!

If you’re interested in crew, fill out this Google form:

If you have questions, email Ms. Murdock at


STEM: Any 9th grade girl interested in attending Go Further Girls Stem Conference for women interested in STEM fields and careers there is a field trip with limited space on November 1st.  Cost of the field trip is $25 and only have 25 spots for 9th grade.  Trip would leave JMS around 8:00 am and be back in time to make your bus home.  Stop in and see Mr. Kleve in room 122 if you are interested.


D&D CLUB: GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Dungeons and Dragons Club will be starting the week of September 12th. What is Dungeons and Dragons Club? I am glad you asked. Dungeons and Dragons Club is designed to give students a chance to play the long lived pencil and paper roleplaying game with all materials provided. Players of any ability level are welcome. New games may also be added to the club based on interest. Some of those games could include Star Wars: Armada, X-Wing miniature game, and more.

If any of this peaks your curiosity please complete the survey below to allow Mr. Hewitt (sponsor) to schedule a date and time for the club to meet. If you have any questions feel free to stop by Mr. Hewitt’s room (113) or email me (


SUPPORT JMS PTO – DONATE TODAY: The Johnston Middle School Parent Teacher Organization supports our staff and students at JMS by awarding grant money to teachers, providing them with meals and treats, helping to fund the JMS Pride program, and treating our students on occasion.

How to donate – $3,000 goal this year

  1. Check – Send a check payable to “JMS PTO”.  Put the check in an envelope marked “Friends of JMS PTO” and bring it to the main office/main door.

  2. Your employer may have a matching funds program- let us know if we can help facilitate a match.

  3. Make a direct payment to our PayPal account.  Click HERE to Donate



Examples of previous grants given to staff include:

  • Classroom library books for Language Arts teachers

  • Adaptive musical instruments, and laminating machine for Special Ed classrooms

  • Router bits for industrial classes

  • VEX Robotics kit

  • Sewing machines and kitchen aide mixers for FCS classroom

  • Art supplies to create mosaics

  • Equipment for PE and Peer PE classes

  • Calculators for classroom use

Teacher Appreciation

The PTO provides a meal for all teachers during the long day of parent teacher conferences twice a year: we shower the teachers with food and gifts for teacher appreciation week, provide them with t-shirts and other misc. items throughout the year.


JOHNSTON HOMECOMING:  Pick-up/Delivery information – all orders will be available for pickup on Sunday, September 18th during Rock Around the Clock at JHS Football Stadium from 5-8 pm. Any orders that are not picked up on Sunday will be delivered to your respective school and sent home with your student that week. Orders for JHS and JMS will also be available for pickup during all lunch periods 9/19-9/23.

Questions? Please reach out to Coach Paige at


JHS FALL PLAY: If any 9TH GRADER is interested in the HS Fall play, information can be found at this link: HS Fall Play


STUDENT ACTIVITY TICKETS: If you purchased an activity pass for the 22-23 school year, they will be available for pick up in the Counseling Office until 2pm.


GIRLS WRESTLING: Attention All Girls in Grades 7 – 9 → The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Board of Directors voted to include Girls’ Wrestling as an official sanctioned sport last year. This will be the first year that Johnston will have a girls program and we are looking for girls in grades 7-12 that are interested in learning more, participating and competing.

If your student is interested, please click the link below and complete the google form. Completing the form will give the Activities Department a list of interested students, so that we can share communications to prepare for this upcoming season. Additionally, the Activities Department will be hosting two FREE clinic dates for interested students.




Weightlifting Hours of Operation:

9th Grade Students ONLY – 6:30-7:30am -Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • Locker rooms will be available in the morning for students to shower, change, etc.

8th & 9th Grade Students – 3:00-4:00pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

  • No locker rooms will be open after school. Students will change in the restroom located across from the weight room.

Location:  JMS Weight Room – Closest Entrance is Door 15


1st Official Day – Monday, August 29 – 8th & 9th Informational Meeting & Instructions

Last Day of Fall – Thursday, October 27


1st Official Day – Monday, October 31 – 8th & 9th Informational Meeting & Instructions

CLOSED for HOLIDAY – November 23-25

Last day of 2021 – Thursday, December 15

Resume – Monday, January 9

Last Day of Winter – Thursday, March 2


School Early Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

School Weather Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

Non School Days / Holidays = no weightlifting


In the event we need to close the weight room, the Activities Department will use the following methods of communication:

  • Twitter

  • Student Email Announcements – Sent by Rachel Andrews

  • In-Person Announcements on Intercom – Sent by Cheryl Hudson



** 9th grade students who wish to obtain a school driver’s permit can follow the following link:

This link will guide them to a Google Site. Students will need to log in with their jdragonmail credentials in order to watch a video and complete a quiz. The video contains the information that was presented at permit meetings in the past and will now take the place of those meetings. One parent will need to watch the video and note that completion on the quiz. As usual, the only students eligible are 9th graders who have completed driver’s education and have had their learner’s permit for at least six months. After the quiz has been completed, students can pick up their signed Department of Transportation form in the JMS Front Office. Students will need a parking tag to park on school grounds during the school year. Parking tags are available for $20 when students pick up their DOT form. Please make sure you have your license plate number with you at the time of purchase.

ATTENTION SCHOOL PERMIT DRIVERS: We want to keep you safe and legal. REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE TO SCHOOL–you should not be driving to any other location with this permit! Please review the laws/expectations of your School Permit.

USAGE: When can I use my School Permit?

·  Only within the school boundaries

·  To school or school sponsored event

LOCATIONS:  ** Where do I go with my School Permit? **

·  Travel the direct route (App.)

·  Gas stations should be on or nearest to the route

TRANSPORTING OTHERS:  Can anyone else ride with me?

·  One passenger other than siblings

·  This does not change the direct route expectation, passengers must start and stop at your locations

VIOLATIONS:  What will happen to me if I don’t obey the law?

·  Examples of Law Enforcement Consequences

·  Loss of privileges (Ex: 2 or more Moving Violations = Revoked for 1 year)

·  Monetary (Ex: $195 for Speeding Violation)

·  Prolonged time for license

·  School Consequences

·  Typically: Warning, Alternative parking sight, Loss of privilege

PARKING: Where can I park while I’m at school?

·  Back Lot – North side of JMS (Enter Door 15)

·  Must have purchased a parking tag ($20) in the JMS Front Office

·  Use only non “staff parking” spots